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Tag Archives: cyber security

W2 Phishing scams

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What has become a common feature of the post-Holiday season is the W2 phishing scam.  This is a sophisticated social engineering attack to dupe clients’ payroll and HR departments into providing W-2 data on employees, to enable the crooks can file fraudulent tax returns.  For several years, these criminals have been the cause of identity […]

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New Media Communication and Professional Liability Insurance

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by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM Last week we received an inquiry from a CPAGold™ member firm regarding text messaging with clients. After discussions with Ralph Picardi the risk consultant for the CPAGold™ program and outside counsel, the consensus was use of texts to communicate with clients is not effective risk management practice. The problem […]

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Today’s Cyber Nightmare.

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ACIArb., ARM. You could lose many, many hours of sleep if you read every one of the cyber articles that are being aimed at CPAs right now. However, if you haven’t thought about the risks to your firm from cyber attacks the insomnia is probably well deserved. A recent article in […]

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Coverage for Theft of Clients’ Commercial Information.

by Rickard Jorgensen, FCII, ARM, ACIArb. There has been a lot of publicity about hacking attacks on CPA firms.  Most recently, the big four CPA firms have been targeted by a sophisticated hack that compromised communications, documents and plans of some of their biggest clients. An article in The Guardian newspaper described an attack on […]

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Equifax Breach – what to tell clients

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We have received a number of inquiries from CPA firms asking about what advice they can give to clients to assist them to estsablish whether a client’s Personal Identifiable information has been compromise by the Equifax breach. The following is a draft of a communication that can be modified to fit the needs of your clients here. […]

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The Growing Insider Threat

By LIFARS Reposted from here A security threat originating from within the organization which is targeted or attacked is an insider threat. Insider attacks are rapidly increasing and becoming more prevalent in organizations. In the past year, believe insider attacks have become more frequent. Any present or former employee who at one point had access […]

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WannaCry provides a wakeup call for more training on email exploits

Originally posted May 14th, 2017 by Paul E. Paray, Esq. here. On May 12, 2017, WannaCry ransomware infections reportedly took hold of 200,000 computer systems in 150 countries.  Experts have been warning against ransomware exploits for years.  The recent rise of ransomware, however, has been a function of the low cost of financial data on the dark […]

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6 most dangerous cyberattacks

I thought this article (from a few years back) is still pretty current and offers some insight into the most serious forms of cyber attack.  In the past year we have seen the frequency of attacks increase, especially theft of client records, cyber extortion and social engineering.  Credit for the original article By Parija Kavilanz […]

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Ransomware and insurance – is your organization covered?

This article was original posted by  Stern & Montana, LLP  in Cyber security on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Ransomware has become more than just a nuisance. What started as a way for cyber criminals to extort a couple of hundred dollars from individuals has morphed into a sophisticated criminal activity that targets major corporations. Just last […]

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